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2013 BALL N PEACE BASKETBALL TOURNAMENT

2013 Ball N Peace Basketball Tournament The Tayshana Chicken Murphy Foundation will be hosting the 2nd annual Ball N Peace Basketball Tournament starting Friday August 2nd 2013 4pm at Sternberg Park (Lindsay Park) in Brooklyn, NY . This year's tournament will conclude with an All Star Game during the Youth For Change Night at the Prudential Center Friday August 16th.   CLICK HERE FOR TICKETS OR THE GAMEVITE BUTTON. PROMO CODE: CHICKEN The Ball N Peace Basketball Tournament was established in August 2012. The tournament was in honor of Tayshana "Chicken" Murphy and all the young people who met their physical demise due to gun violence and destructive acts. The purpose of the tournament is to utilize anti-violence organizations, youth empowerment groups as well as positive entertainment to sow seeds of peace in our youth. Ultimately we use the platform of basketball and entertainment to gather young people and discuss solutions to the violence in our community. Last year many organizations supported the tournament. Life Support Inc., Street Corner Resources, Man Up in Harlem, Father's Alive In the Hood and Lay Down the Guns Organization to name a few. There were half time shows and grass root organizations that addressed the youth about inner city violence at every game and location. Eight teams were selected from the AAU circuit (Lady Gauchos, Lady Warriors and New Heights). The programs were chosen because of their affiliation with Tayshana. Tayshana either played or was coached by the perspective programs. The foundation also decided to utilize the locations that were most instrumental in the process of Tayshana perfecting her craft. We chose three locations out of the five boroughs. The first being Sternberg Park in Brooklyn. This was the first basketball court where Tayshana ever played. There was an enormous turnout and it was covered by the media (New York 1 and The Daily News). The following games were held in Oliver Wendel Holmes Junior High School in Long Island City. Tayshana attended the junior high school and spent many nights practicing in the gym. The semi-finals and championship was held in the Gauchos gym in the Bronx. Tayshana was a member of the Lady Choz which took her talent on the road and dazzled many crowds all over the country. The championship game had full media coverage and a full page story in the Daily News. Awards were presented to winning teams, coaches and MVP. The Ball N Peace Tournament was a success in 2012 during one of the most violent summers amongst our inner city youth. The ladies Ball N Peace Tournament was one of the only tournaments that was conducted without incident or altercation. NY1's Amanda Farinacci filed the following report last year: A basketball tournament that wrapped up in the Bronx Saturday promoted non-violence and honored the memory of a promising female high school player killed last year in Harlem. On the same basketball courts in the Concourse section of the Bronx where Tayshana "Chicken" Murphy spent countless hours aspiring to be the first female Michael Jordan, friends and teammates of the 18-year-old gathered on Saturday to play with heart in honor for their fallen friend. Please contact Tayshana Chicken Murphy Foundation at P.O. Box 25273, Brooklyn, NY 11202.If you would like to become a volunteer or a sponsor send emails to contact@tayshanachickenmurphy.org
 
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